Sunday, December 30, 2012

MAC LipSticks Explained



Types of MAC Lipsticks: AMPLIFIED CREME: Ultra-creamy. Quietly shiny. Color-packed! Hi-res: hi-impact.

CREMESHEEN: Creme-based lipstick that imparts bright full color, with a soft and supple shine.

FROST: Excellent color payoff with medium to high frosted shimmer-and-shine finish.

GLAZE: Low-color impact with sheen-style finish. Glazes the lips, makes them shine!

LIP TREATMENT: Color-free. Texture-free. Provides natural healthy-looking lips.

LUSTRE: Demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish. Very slick. Makes lips look soft, smooth, ultra-moist.

MATTE: Pigment rich with intense color pay-off. No-shine, all matte finish.

SATIN: Color-rich. Soft satin, semi-matte finish. Conditions while adding intense color.  



NB: Information taken from http://www.beautylish.com/p/mac-lipstick 

Review: Loreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation

I have seen a lot of buzz about the Loreal True Match foundation and so I want to get it and try it out to see how it works.
Shade Range: very light (1) to very dark (10) in all undertone categories
Undertones: Cool (C), Neutral (N) and Warm (W)
Price Range: $1285 plus 16.5% Gct JMD
Coverage: Buildable Light to Medium Coverage

For more information on this product, see link below:


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival Makeup 2013 Bookings

Carnival makeup bookings for Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2013 have begun

To book your space, please send the following information to tiffanydmua@gmail.com
- Full Name
- Telephone Number / BB pin
- Carnival Band & Section
- Picture of Makeup Look (optional)

COST: $4,000 JMD.
MAKEUP PACKAGE: full face of makeup, regular false lashes and rhinestones application. (Feather lashes will attract an additional cost of $)

A deposit of 50% of the total cost needs to be made by March 7th, 2013 to SECURE your space for carnival morning.

Bookings will be taken on a first come first book basis.

I look forward to hearing from you.

See you on the road April 7th, 2013!
- Tiffany

Christmas Baking 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Lets talk SKIN UNDERTONES


Whats an undertone? Why is it so important? How do I figure out my undertone? Which foundation best suits my undertone?

All these questions will be answered here by yours truly, professional makeup artist Tiffany Davidson

Question 1: Whats an undertone?
Answer: An undertone is the characteristic colour of skin that is concealed when viewed. Basically its the colour you see underneath your natural (mass tone) skin complexion.

Question 2: Why is it so important?
Answer: Undertones are important to note when choosing liquid, cream and powder foundation since these products are made with these undertones in mind. Some brands when applied give off a red, yellow, or blue undertone. You should choose your foundation based on your undertone our else the foundation will not blend into your skin well.

Question 3: How do I figure out my undertone?
Answer:
Technique 1: View your skin beside other colours, such as yellow, red, blue and purple and see which colour your skin mimics more.
Technique 2: View your skin beside a white background and look closely to see what colour  you can see petruding through your natural skin complexion

Question 4: Which complexion best suits my undertone?
Answer: Various brands cater to various undertones. For example, the Black Opal True Colour Cream to Powder Foundations cater to people with warm undertones (red and yellow) while Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation in light colours such as Ivory and Sand caters to cool undertones (blue and purple)

When choosing foundation, always be mindful of your skin type and undertone colour. This way you can choose a foundation that best suits you. You'll look amazing!

I hope this helped!

Daily Skin Care Routine

Hey ladies, I wanted to do a little note about the importance of caring for your skin daily. There are four main stages of care.



1. Cleanse - using a daily FACE cleanser is vital to removing dirt and other impurities from the surface of your skin. Cleansers such as those from St Ives, Clean & Clear or Aveeno can be used.



2. Tone - user a toner such as Witchazel or Astringent is also very important as not all the dirt and makeup (if any was worn) was fully removed from the skin so this is where the toner comes in. Witchazel and Astringent are similar but differ in that an Astringent contains alcohol which can be very dehydrating for people with Dry Skin or irritating for people with Sensitive Skin. Benjamins and Bunny's Witchazel can be used and Astringents from Clean & Clear and Olay can be used.



3. Moisture & Protect - applying a moisturizer containing SPF 15 or more is crucial to adding water back to the skin after the cleansing and toning and also to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Having oily skin does not mean you have water in your skin. Your skin CAN be oily and dehydrated, so its crucial to add back the moisture to the face. When you starve the skin of water it will produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. This will cause your face to be oilier.





I hope this was help.

Take care.

- Tiffany

♡♡ Makeup Services Offered by me♡♡

Below I have stated the services I offer.
 
  • Makeup Application
  • Eyelash Application
  • Brow Tinting
  • Facial Waxing
  • Skin Care Analysis
  • Skin Care Management
  • Facials
** By Appointment Only**
 
 

Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2013 Costumes

Hi everyone, I wanted to post some pictures of the various groups being involved in Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2013. Pure Country (Frenchmen) has six groups this year with a few coming straight from Trinidad. The layout of bands are as follows:

1. Pure Country (Maiya, Azzura, Venetia, Magnifique, Verona, Harlequin)
2. Appleton Jamaica (Mystique)
3. Smirnoff Jamaica (Minuit Cirque)
4. Fame FM (Mardi Gras)
5. Digicel (Nour)
6. Jamaica Observer (Venziana)
7. Bacchanal Babes

Here are also some pictures:
 Magnifique (Frenchman)
 Maiya (Frenchmen from Trinidad)
Venetia?  (Frenchmen)
 
 Mardi Gras (Fame FM)
 
Nour (Digicel)
 
 
 
 


BLOG SALE!!

Hi makeup loves!

I will be having a BLOG SALE! This is where I will be selling products from my makeup traincase that I bought but rarely ever used. They are good condition, packaging still in tact and of course VERY affordable.

I will be uploading products soon. So keep posted to this page. =)

- Tiffany

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hydroxy Acids

With increasing research into what causes wrinkles and the effects of photoaging, the use of hydroxy acids has increased greatly in popularity. There are two types of hydroxy acids - alpha and beta. Alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliants derived from fruit and milk sugars such as glycolic acid produced from sugar cane and lactic acid produced from milk. There is only one beta hydroxy acid - salicylic acid.

How Beta Hydroxy Acid Works
Beta hydroxy acid works mainly as an exfoliant. It causes the cells of the epidermis to become "unglued" allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin. Beta hydroxy acid is reported to improve wrinkling, roughness, and mottled pigmentation of photodamaged skin after at least 6 months of daily application. Beta hydroxy acid found in skin-care products works best in a concentration of 1% to 2% and at a pH of 3 to 4.
The Difference Between Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids
The main difference between alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acid is their lipid (oil) solubility. Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble only, while beta hydroxy acid is lipid (oil) soluble. This means that beta hydroxy acid is able to penetrate into the pore which contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. Because of this difference in properties, beta hydroxy acid is better used on oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads. Alpha hydroxy acids are better used on thickened, sun-damaged skin where breakouts are not a problem.
Beta Hydroxy Acid and Sun Sensitivity
The use of beta hydroxy acid can increase sun sensitivity by 50% causing an interesting dilemma. It appears that beta hydroxy acid may be able to reverse some of the damage caused by photoaging, but at the same time it makes the skin more susceptible to photoaging. It is clear that anyone using beta hydroxy acid must use a good sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB protection.
Beta Hydroxy Acid and Irritation 
Beta hydroxy acid appears to be less irritating than alpha hydroxy acid even though it penetrates deeper into the pore. This occurs because salicylic acid is derived from acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties, and salicylic acid retains many of these anti-inflammatory properties. Despite this fact, beta hydroxy acid can still cause skin irritation. Symptoms of irritation include redness, burning, itching, pain, and possibly scarring. People with darker colored skin are at a higher risk of scarring pigment changes with beta hydroxy acid.
Using a Beta Hydroxy Acid
Beta hydroxy acid is found in a variety of skin care products including moisturizers, cleansers, eye cream, sunscreen, and foundations. Here are some guidelines to use when trying to decide which hydroxy acid formulation to use:
  • It is best to pick one product that contains the proper formulation of beta hydroxy acid to use as your exfoliant, and then choose other skin care products or cosmetics that don't contain hydroxy acids to reduce the likelihood of skin irritation.
  • Using beta hydroxy acid in a moisturizer base may be the best combination of products.
  • Cleansers containing beta hydroxy acid are not very effective because the beta hydroxy acid must be absorbed in the skin to work. Cleansers are washed off before this absorption occurs.
  • At this time there are no effective products that combine beta hydroxy acid and sunscreen, because sunscreen is not stable at the pH required to make the beta hydroxy acid effective.
  • Sunscreen MUST be applied liberally when using an alpha hydroxy acid product. Thesunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15 for UVB protection and contain avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for UVA protection.
  • Beta hydroxy acid works best in a concentration of 1% to 2% and at a pH of 3 to 4.
  • Unfortunately, cosmetic manufacturers are not required to pH information on the label. The only way to know for sure the pH of a product is to test with a pH strip. Paula Begoun has done this in her skin care product reviews found in her book "Don't go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me."
  • Unlike alpha hydroxy acid that must be listed in the top 3 ingredients to indicate the appropriate concentration, beta hydroxy acid can be listed in the middle or even towards the bottom of the ingredient list because it is effective at lower concentrations.

Cosmetics Ingredients: Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids

With increasing research into what causes wrinkles and the effects of photoaging, the use of hydroxy acids has increased greatly in popularity. There are two types of hydroxy acids - alpha and beta. Alpha hydroxy acids are exfoliants derived from fruit and milk sugars such as glycolic acid produced from sugar cane and lactic acid produced from milk. There is only one beta hydroxy acid - salicylic acid.

How Beta Hydroxy Acid Works
Beta hydroxy acid works mainly as an exfoliant. It causes the cells of the epidermis to become "unglued" allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin. Beta hydroxy acid is reported to improve wrinkling, roughness, and mottled pigmentation of photodamaged skin after at least 6 months of daily application. Beta hydroxy acid found in skin-care products works best in a concentration of 1% to 2% and at a pH of 3 to 4.
The Difference Between Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids
The main difference between alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acid is their lipid (oil) solubility. Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble only, while beta hydroxy acid is lipid (oil) soluble. This means that beta hydroxy acid is able to penetrate into the pore which contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. Because of this difference in properties, beta hydroxy acid is better used on oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads. Alpha hydroxy acids are better used on thickened, sun-damaged skin where breakouts are not a problem.
Beta Hydroxy Acid and Sun Sensitivity
The use of beta hydroxy acid can increase sun sensitivity by 50% causing an interesting dilemma. It appears that beta hydroxy acid may be able to reverse some of the damage caused by photoaging, but at the same time it makes the skin more susceptible to photoaging. It is clear that anyone using beta hydroxy acid must use a good sunscreen that contains UVA and UVB protection.
Beta Hydroxy Acid and Irritation 
Beta hydroxy acid appears to be less irritating than alpha hydroxy acid even though it penetrates deeper into the pore. This occurs because salicylic acid is derived from acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. Aspirin has anti-inflammatory properties, and salicylic acid retains many of these anti-inflammatory properties. Despite this fact, beta hydroxy acid can still cause skin irritation. Symptoms of irritation include redness, burning, itching, pain, and possibly scarring. People with darker colored skin are at a higher risk of scarring pigment changes with beta hydroxy acid.
Using a Beta Hydroxy Acid
Beta hydroxy acid is found in a variety of skin care products including moisturizers, cleansers, eye cream, sunscreen, and foundations. Here are some guidelines to use when trying to decide which hydroxy acid formulation to use:
  • It is best to pick one product that contains the proper formulation of beta hydroxy acid to use as your exfoliant, and then choose other skin care products or cosmetics that don't contain hydroxy acids to reduce the likelihood of skin irritation.
  • Using beta hydroxy acid in a moisturizer base may be the best combination of products.
  • Cleansers containing beta hydroxy acid are not very effective because the beta hydroxy acid must be absorbed in the skin to work. Cleansers are washed off before this absorption occurs.
  • At this time there are no effective products that combine beta hydroxy acid and sunscreen, because sunscreen is not stable at the pH required to make the beta hydroxy acid effective.
  • Sunscreen MUST be applied liberally when using an alpha hydroxy acid product. Thesunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15 for UVB protection and contain avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for UVA protection.
  • Beta hydroxy acid works best in a concentration of 1% to 2% and at a pH of 3 to 4.
  • Unfortunately, cosmetic manufacturers are not required to pH information on the label. The only way to know for sure the pH of a product is to test with a pH strip. Paula Begoun has done this in her skin care product reviews found in her book "Don't go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me."
  • Unlike alpha hydroxy acid that must be listed in the top 3 ingredients to indicate the appropriate concentration, beta hydroxy acid can be listed in the middle or even towards the bottom of the ingredient list because it is effective at lower concentrations.
** Taken from http://dermatology.about.com/cs/skincareproducts/a/bha.htm **

Monday, October 15, 2012

REVIEW: Sally Hansen Microwaxable Eyebrow, Face and Lip Wax

Pros:
- No strips needed
- Wax dries hard and picks up hairs when removed
- Soothing lotion actually works
- Affordable

Cons:
- Wax smells horrible
- Microwaveable time is not one minute but just a little over. DO NOT MICROWAVE FOR MORE THAN 2 MINUTES.
- The amount of wax is only sufficient for one-time use for armpits

Cosmetic Ingredients ( Part 2: Preservatives )

Cosmetic products can become easily contaminated by microbes because they contain water, oils, peptides, and carbohydrates which creates a very good medium for growth of microbes.

All these factors contribute to the fact that cosmetic products need very good preservation to prevent microbial growth and spoiling of the cosmetic product and also infection of the skin. Preservatives are active ingredients able to prevent the growth bacteria, fungi, & viruses.

Examples of Preservatives in Cosmetics:

- Benzylalcohol-DHA
- Caprylyl Glycol EHG
- EDTA
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Paraben EU
- Potassium Sorbate
- Phenoxyethanol SA  

Cosmetic Ingredients [ Part 1: Surfectants ]

According to Wikipedia, Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid, the interfacial tension between two liquids, or that between a liquid and a solid. Surfactants may act as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, and dispersants.

Surfactants are added to cosmetic products for the following purposes:
- Cleaning
- Foaming
- Emulsifying
- Opacifying
- Conditioning
- Moisturizing
- Preserving

Types of Surfactants:


- Anionic
- Cationic
- Amphoteric
- Non-Ionic

Examples of Surfactants:

- Cetyl or Stearyl alcohol
- Cetrimonium chloride and Stearalkonium Chloride
- Sodium Lauriminodipropionate and Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate.
- Amines, Alkylimidazolines, Alkoxylated Amines, and Quaternized Ammonium Compounds
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), or their ethoxylated companions, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NEW Revlon Haul video !!

Hey there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVnj1pwVfQM

REVLON haul video coming soon!

Hi there!

I decided to do a haul video of all the REVLON makeup items I have. Items I have include the Photoready line, Colorstay line, Colorburst line and Kissables line.

 
 
 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

INEXPENSIVE MAKEUP PALETTES

Various brands have makeup palettes for eyeshadow, concealer and lipsticks

- Coastal Scents
- Sedona Lace
- BH Cosmetics
28 Neutral Palette

26 Shadow Blush Palette

88 Oringal Palette / Ultra Shimmer Palette
32 Lip Palette
 
 

The BEST long-wear foundation....REVLON COLORSTAY


REVLON COLORSTAY COMBINATION/OILY SKIN FORMULA MAKEUP
 
 
- great for combination/oily skin
 
- long wearing (up for 6 hrs no touch ups)
 
- available in a variety of shades (from very light to very dark)
 
 BELOW IS THE SHADE CHART FOR THIS FOUNDATION
 



The FIVE skin types

Ever wondered what skin type you have? Here's some ways to find out how.

  • Oily Skin
Is your skin greasy, shiny, coarse, has enlarged pores and prone to blackheads and blemishes? You have oily skin.

  • Combination/Normal Skin
Is you skin smooth with even texture? Are you cheeks dry while the T-zone is oily? Do you have traces of oil on your nose and forehead but none from your cheeks after blotting with facial tissue? Do you have patches of dry and oily skin? You have combination/normal skin

  • Sensitive Skin
Does your skin feel thin and delicate with fine pores? Does you face flush easily? Do you have broken capillaries? Do you frequently get rashes and other allergic reaction? You have sensitive skin.

  • Dry Skin
Is your skin dry, flaky and ashy? Does your skin feel tight after washing it? Do you easily develop wrinkles and fine pores? You have dry skin.

  • Sun-damaged Skin
Does your skin feel tight? Do you have visible wrinkles and loose skin tone around you jawline and cheeks? Does your skin feel leathery and has broken capillaries? You have sun-damaged skin.

Matte, Satin, Shimmer & Frosted Eye shadows. What does this mean??

Matte Eyeshadows

-highly pigmented
-do not contain any shimmer
-gives a natural look

Shimmer Eyeshadows

-sheer coverage
-has a hint of sparkle

Frosted Eyeshadows

-gives and opaque finish with white or silver sparkles
-brightens the eyes

Satin Eyeshadows

-has more sparkle than a matte shadow but less than a shimmer shadow